The Circle Star was built in October 1964 as a live theater – a 3700 seat entertainment venue in San Carlos. All performers climbed onto a disc-shaped stage that rotated slowly at maybe four revolutions per hour, letting everyone in the in-the-round format get a glimpse of the front (and the back) of the performers. However, over the years the stage motor released a low hum which grew louder eventually. The theater was then demolished in 1997 and replaced by two office buildings.

To some, the Circle Star Theater was one of the most memorable land marks on any trip between San Jose and San Francisco. In over 30 years, it welcomed a range of performers and guests from Vegas Crooners, R&B Artists, to Comedians, Boxing Matches, even political “Wild Cards”. Performers in the Circle Star included Frank Sinatra, Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, Nat King Cole, Smokey Robinson, Liza Minelli, Air Supply, Frankie Avalon, Ella Fitzgerald, Richard Pryor, and more.

PHOTO: Oliver North speaks at the Circle Star Theater in San Carlos on June 14, 1989, weeks before his sentencing for his role in the Iran-Contra Affair.

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